IRVING,TEXAS — IRVING, Texas -- Nick Price's first victory in eight years on the American pro golf tour was upstaged yesterday by the initial application of golf's instant-replay rule.
Price, a former globetrotter who now resides in the United HTC States, scored a welcome but more-or-less routine one-stroke victory in the Byron Nelson Classic.
"Eight years is a long time to be patient," Price said after his closing 68 and 270 total made him a winner in this country for the first time since the 1983 World Series of Golf.
But a controversy centering on Tom Kite and, for the first time, the use of instant-replay television equipment in the application of the rules was far from routine, however.
"I don't think television has any business doing what they're doing," Kite said after blowing a two-stroke lead and finishing five shots behind the winner. "Putting an official in a trailer is a cop-out."
Kite hit his tee shot into the water on the 11th hole. George Boutell, the PGA Tour rules official assigned to monitor television, questioned Kite's judgment that the ball had crossed a point of land near the lake.
Kite was made to replay his tee shot, making double-bogey 6. Playing out the ball from his drop, he made a bogey.
It later was ruled that the original tee shot had not crossed the point of land, and the double-bogey 6 stood.
Kite bogeyed the next hole and finished with a 75 and a 275 total.